CGE Co-sponsors Global UGRADs to Promote International Exchange

Oumayma and Ishfaq, from Tunisia and Pakistan respectively, are two new students who will share their unique perspectives and culture with Florida State University and the greater Tallahassee community during fall and spring semesters.

In 2009, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) selected FSU and the CGE to host and receive exceptional students from around the world as part of the U.S. government’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program). Since that time, 24 participants have come for 1-2 semesters to share their culture and explore American culture, values, and the U.S. educational system. FSU has hosted UGRAD students from Armenia, Russia, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Pakistan, Kosovo, and Tunisia.

The Global UGRAD Program increases the diversity of FSU’s undergraduate international student population by bringing students from under-represented countries to campus. Students in the program take classes as non-degree seeking students full time and participate in community service, cultural enrichment, and professional development activities.

“It has been fascinating to get to know people here. They are open books, and you get to immerse yourself in them,” said Oumayma. “Everyone here is interested in knowing about each other’s cultures. I feel I have been progressing and developing as an individual through this experience. I feel it is my responsibility to be a good cultural ambassador for Tunisia, and because of that I have become more confident talking to groups of people.” 


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FSU’s Center for Global Engagement and the Puerto Rican Student Association (PRSA) co-hosted the first Global Café of the semester Friday, October 6, which served as a fundraiser for disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico following the recent devastation from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

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Benefits of Diversity in Research Teams

“Learning to work well with people from other cultures helps you develop new perspectives and approaches to your work. When we share our strengths with each other, it only benefits our research,” said Dr. Farzad Ferdowsi, FSU Alumnus and Post-doctoral Associate at Louisiana State University.

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Ghana: The Black Star (An Intercultural Program Series Event)*

Thursday, October 19, 2017
7-9 p.m. | The Globe Auditorium

Join us for an inside look into the culture of this West African nation. Enjoy a presentation, dance workshop, and a taste of the local cuisine.

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Global Café: South Korea*

Friday, October 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. until food runs out | The Globe Dining Room

Enjoy authentic international cuisine and music at this student-led fundraiser for just $7 per plate (cash or check only).

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Info Sessions


More Upcoming Events

International Coffee Hour – Every Friday | 5-6:30 p.m. | The Globe Lounge & Dining Room *

English Conversation Club – Monday-Friday | 4-5 p.m. | The Globe Lounge

Global Partner Certificate: Bridging Cultures III – Friday, 10/27 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | The Globe Room 2300 | For more info & registration, visit

Bollywood Blockbuster: Capturing Audiences World Wide by Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha (An Engage Your World Event) – Monday, 10/30 | 5 – 6:30 p.m. | The Globe Auditorium | For more info, visit*

International Students: Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop – Thursday, 11/2 | 2 – 4 p.m. | The Globe Room 2300 | To register, click here.

Global Partner Certificate: Bridging Cultures IV – Friday, 11/3 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | The Globe Room 2300 | For more info & registration, visit

Final Fall Global Café Date – Friday, 11/3 (Caribbean Islands) | 11:30 a.m. until food runs out | The Globe Lounge & Dining Room *

Intercultural Program Series: China – Wednesday, 11/8 | 7 – 9 p.m. | The Globe Auditorium | For more info, visit*

Going Global (Student Showcase) – Monday, 11/13 | 3:30 – 5 p.m. | The Globe Auditorium | For more info, visit

President Thrasher Participating in NAFSA Webinar Featuring Presidents of the 2017 Paul Simon Award Winning Institutions – Tuesday, 11/14 | 4 – 5:15 p.m. | The Globe Room2600 | For more info, visit the FSU calendar event

Intercultural Program Series: Japanese Tea Ceremony – Wednesday, 11/15 | 6 – 8 p.m. | The Globe Auditorium | For more info, visit*